On Friday, June 6, the KDOA invited local citizens and state workers to an after-hours Open House at the Surplus Property facility. The event was held in conjunction with Topeka's First Friday Art Walk with the hope of introducing more potential users to the State Surplus program.
“We had 100 people register when they came through the door, but there was a couple of dozen people there before 5 p.m.,” said Todd Fertig, Director of Public Affairs. “And there were also several who didn’t register, plus children. So I would guess the number who came was quite a bit higher than 100 people in total.”
Everything in the building was for sale to the public, with different discounts on certain items. In all, 250 items were sold with a total of $9,546.25.
“We were very pleased by the response we got, both from the number of people who came between 5 and 7, and their enthusiasm about our inventory,” said Cheryl Buxton, Deputy Director of Printing, Central Mail and Surplus Property. “Our staff, particularly Wayne Osborn, Bill Lorson, Marian Schuette and Brad Schooler, deserve a lot of credit. They worked very hard to make the event such a success.”
For those unable to make it to the open house, the surplus facility is open from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday for the public to browse the state surplus inventory. The facility is located in a warehouse in Topeka just off I-70 and MacVicar at 2830 SW Kanza Drive. Inventory at KDOA surplus property may be viewed at State Surplus Catalog.